marblemedia looks to true crime, warfare with in-development titles

The prodco is looking to branch into a number of new sub-genres as it expands its factual slate.
Air Wreck Recon

After securing a number of high-profile factual commissions over the past two years in the competition and travel space, marblemedia is now looking to branch into other sub-genres within unscripted.

The Toronto producer on Thursday unveiled a development slate including true crime and history-based projects, in addition to a new series created by Alex Rader, whose credits include Rugged Justice for Animal Planet (U.S.) as well as Ice Road Truckers and The Amazing Race.

Women at War: Female Agents of the S.O.E. (8 x 60 minutes) is a historical series base examining the female “leaders, saboteurs and assassins” of Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Each episode focuses on a different female, with marblemedia adding that the series will employ a “unique visual approach incorporating propaganda-esque, comic book-style animation” as well as archive material.

Meanwhile, true-crime series Close to a Killer (10 x 60 minutes) looks at homicide cases where cops have gone to extreme lengths to catch the perpetrator.

Air Wreck Recon (10 x 60 minutes), created by Alex Rader and produced by marblemedia, is described as an “occu-doc” reality series that follows an adventure-seeking husband and wife team that own an aviation business in the Yukon.

marblemedia, which is led by co-CEOs Matt Hornburg and Mark Bishop, will introduce the projects to buyers at next week’s Realscreen Summit.

The news comes a day after marblemedia revealed that Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to its unscripted series Restaurants on the Edge. The 13 x 60-minute docuseries, which was originally commissioned by Blue Ant Media and launched on Cottage Life on Jan. 2, premieres on Netflix worldwide (outside Canada) on Feb. 28, before landing on Netflix in Canada March 14.

Last month, marblemedia said it is also looking to make a significant push into scripted in 2020. At the time, the company revealed it has optioned the rights to M.G. Hennessey’s coming-of-age novel The Other Boy.